Monday, April 8, 2019

# 20 Questions

20 Questions with Sheila Roberts, Author of 'The Summer Retreat' @_sheila_roberts #20Questions

Best-selling author Sheila Roberts has seen her books published in a dozen different languages and made into movies for both the Hallmark and Lifetime channels. She’s happily married with three children and lives in the Pacific Northwest. When she’s not hanging out with girlfriends, speaking to women’s groups or going dancing with her husband she can be found writing about those things near and dear to women’s hearts: family, friends, and chocolate.

Her latest book is the women’s fiction/romance, THE SUMMER RETREAT.

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1.      Are you a morning writer or a night writer?
I’m a sometime during the day writer. J
2.      Do you outline or are you a pantster?
I like to know ahead of time where I’m going, so I pre-plan. Not that I won’t take a detour somewhere along the way though, but I like to have a story destination.
3.      Which comes first – plot or character?
4.      Noise or quiet when working on your manuscript?
Either quiet or instrumental music. If I play something with lyrics I wind up singing instead of writing. J

5.      Favorite TV show?
Right now? Blacklist.
6.      Favorite type of music?
Anything but jazz or rap.
7.      Favorite craft besides writing?
Sadly, I’m missing the craft gene. When I’m not writing books I write songs.
8.      Do you play a musical instrument?
9.      Single or married?
Married for a million years.
10.  Children or no?
Yep, three. Sadly we lost our handicapped daughter a couple years ago. That was hard.
11.  Pets?
Used to have. Now the only animal in my life is my husband.
12.  Favorite place to write?
At my computer, in my home office. But I can write almost anywhere.
13.  Favorite restaurant?
Anyplace they serve Thai or Chinese.
14.  Do you work outside the home?
Writing is my only gig.
15.  What was the name of the last movie you saw?
We recently rented LaLa Land on Redbox. Not sure I liked it all that much. A logical ending, but not what I’d hoped for.
16.  Favorite outdoor activity?
17.  Pet peeve?
When my other half splashes all over the bathroom mirror and doesn’t notice it.
18.  Your goal in life?
To please God.
19.  Your most exciting moment?
There is no “one” moment. Let’s boil it down to top five: my wedding day, the day our kids came into our lives. And getting to pray with a friend who’s life was in turmoil. She made a big decision that day, became a Christian and turned her life around. This God stuff works!
20.  The love of your life?
My husband, who’s always there for me, who was right there on the front lines when I battled uterine cancer, who’s been a great father and now is a great partner in my business. He’s the Rock of Gibraltar. He’s my hero.

About the Book:

Author: Sheila Roberts
Publisher: Harlequin/MIRA
Pages: 384
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Romance

Celeste Jones has plans for a perfect summer with her boyfriend (and hopefully soon-to-be fiancĂ©)—until he dumps her to be with the woman he’s had on the side for months. Heartbroken and furious, Celeste resolves to move on. When the going gets tough, the tough…okay, the not-so-tough go to the beach.

As soon as school lets out for the summer, she waves goodbye to her first-graders, packs up her bikini and heads for Moonlight Harbor, where she knows her big sister, Jenna, will receive her with open arms. Jenna could probably use some help at the Driftwood Inn, and Celeste is happy to do chores around the place in exchange for a relaxing summer escape. She just needs something—or someone—to distract her from her troubles.

Finding The One can be tricky, and Jenna is determined to make sure Celeste gets it right this time around. Not that Jenna’s an expert. She’s still trying to sort out her own love life. But if both sisters listen to their hearts, eventually they’re bound to discover that life—and love—is good at the beach.



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